Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Walking for Just Detention

Inspired by the old-time long-distance walkers I wrote about in Pedestrianism, I will be walking in a 24-hour race in New Jersey on May 16th and 17th. The race is part of the New Jersey Trail series of races and will take place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. My goal is to complete 50 miles. The race is also an opportunity for me to raise money for Just Detention, a charity dedicated to ending prison rape. Please consider donating. Click here for more information.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Circus Elephants

Ringling Brothers’ decision to end elephant acts brought back memories of the summer I spent working in close proximity to circus elephants. I was a vendor in the Cole Bros. traveling circus, which claimed to be the world’s largest traveling three-ring circus under a canvas big top (lots of qualifiers in there!). As part of my job I assisted in the raising and taking down of the big top, which is where I worked alongside the elephants, who helped pull the big top into place. I was warned to never stand behind them because their kicks were quite fearsome.